I spend a lot of time here pointing and mocking the silly and derpy things that conservatives and wingnuts do and say, but it’s also necessary to remind ourselves that there are people on the left who say and do silly and derpy things, too.
Take Michael Moore. Please. The gadfly filmmaker was interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter about his hit Roger and Me which took a look at the destruction of the auto industry and decided it was as good a time as any to tell us how disappointed he is with President Obama.
I think Obama sadly has been, you know, has done many, many good things, but he has also been a huge disappointment. And I really feel like — I wish someone would say to him — maybe I’ll say it in case he’s watching.
When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: ‘He was the first black president.’ Okay, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it. That’s it, Mr. Obama. A hundred years from now, ‘he was the first black American that got elected president.’ And that’s it. Eight years of your life and that’s what people are got to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, know you, that you’d probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could’ve done.
I suppose I could haul out the list of accomplishments that President Obama has done from genuine health care insurance reform to the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the end of the Defense of Marriage Act; bringing back the economy from the worst recession in 85 years to job growth and low inflation; reforming the college loan system and instituting consumer protection laws; yeah, I could list all of those and add that he did it all while facing a storm of opposition from the Republican leaders who were drawing up their plans to stop everything he wanted to do before the inauguration parade was over on January 20, 2009, not to mention the blatant racism displayed by some of the more crass members of the opposition and a cable news network. But Michael Moore is disappointed, so it all means nothing.
You know what, Michael? We’ve all had our disappointments. That list of accomplishments could be a lot longer, I’m sure, and I know a number of progressives who think that Barack Obama is far too establishment and cozy with the intelligence agencies and Wall Street robber barons. But let’s also face reality. No president is ever going to accomplish everything they set out to do, especially when there are some things that you expect him to do that were never promised in the first place.
It’s also a tad ironic that Mr. Moore, who became famous for chronicling the decline of the auto industry, would be so dismissive of the administration that basically saved it from total collapse. Why doesn’t he make a movie about that?